21% Of U.S. Online Adults Use Wearable Device, 36% Use Fitbit


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No one questions the explosive adoption of wearable devices across the U.S.  We see it through ourselves, our friends, and our colleagues.  We also see it in numerous bodies of research, including a new report from Forrester that provides granular data on wearable adoption by age groups and market share by device. According to the… Read more »

Survey: 65% Of Millennials Think Fitness Tracking Is Important


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According to a survey commissioned by Technogym, 65% of millennials think fitness tracking is important.  The survey of 5,000 millennials from 14 to 34 years of age revealed that despite being keenly aware of the link between exercise and wellness, nearly three-quarters of millennials still struggle to find time to exercise.  This explains why fitness… Read more »

Study: A Text Message A Day May Keep The Doctor Away


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A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that regular reminders (sent via text messaging) to do things like eat right, exercise more, and smoke less may help individuals make lifestyle changes linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Researchers sent four texts a week to… Read more »

Analysis: 12% Of Health Apps Make Up 90% Of Downloads


Category: Facts and Research

A new report from the IMS Institute For Healthcare sheds light onto the state of affairs for the mHealth industry.  Below are a few highlights that we thought were particularly interesting and our thoughts on what they mean for corporate wellness. 12% of health apps make up 90% of downloads There are 165,000 apps from… Read more »

Time Spent In Apps Surpasses Watching TV For U.S. Consumers


Category: Facts and Research

A new report from Flurry highlights that “apps now reign supreme as the top media channel in the United States, even without the help of the mobile browser.”  For the first time ever, the time U.S. consumers spend inside apps exceeded the time they spent watching TV.  According to the company’s data, the average U.S. consumer is… Read more »

Should Eye Exams Replace Biometric Screenings?


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A study revealed that employers who offer their employees stand-alone vision benefits experienced $5.8 billion in cost savings over four years due to lower healthcare costs, higher productivity, and improved retention.  According to the study, which drew from 120,000 enrolled members from six large commercial clients of HCMS and VSP Vision Care, individuals who receive… Read more »

CDC Study: BMI Is Incorrect Indicator For 18% Of The U.S.


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A recent New York Times article provides specific numbers about the accuracy of a controversial metric often used to determine the health of an individual – body mass index (BMI).  BMI is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual, and in many wellness programs, it is captured through a biometric… Read more »

Q2 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (24%), Apple (20%), And Xiaomi (17%) Lead Pack


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According to a new report from IDC, the Apple Watch is now the number two wearable coming in just behind market leader Fitbit during the second quarter of 2015.  Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in Q2 2015, just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit’s 4.4 million units.  Total shipment volume for the quarter… Read more »

Exercise Apps Associated With Lower BMI, More Activity


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A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research determined that “exercise app users are more likely to exercise during their leisure time, compared to those who do not use exercise apps, essentially fulfilling the role that many of these apps were designed to accomplish.  Data also suggest that one way that exercise apps… Read more »

Sustainable Engagement In Employee Wellness Challenges


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Imagine two colleagues enroll in their company’s employee wellness step challenge.  At the beginning of the one-month challenge, the two colleagues will share ideas on how to sneak steps in throughout the day.  They cheer each other on to take the stairs and go for walks around the building.  During the first two weeks, collaboration… Read more »